Centipede Control from Simplot Hawaii

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    The common large centipede of Hawaii, Scolopendra subspinipes, feeds mostly on small insects, spiders, earthworms, and other arthropods.

    This Centipede attacks its prey with the last prehensorial legs, then curves its head quickly behind to implant its venomous jaws deeply and firmly into the prey. The prey is held by the centipede's other legs until it dies from the fast-acting venom.

    When humans are bit, two puncture wounds are evident, and reaction to the injected venom can range from slight swelling of the immediate area to massive swelling of the affected limb. With the latter, medical attention should be sought.

    Juvenile and adult centipedes live alone and are most active at night. During the day they can be found in damp, dark places: under leaf litter, rocks, and logs, and in soil crevices. When the weather is too wet or too dry, or when residential construction disrupts their habitats, these pests seek other locations, including the insides of homes. Once inside a home they seek dark areas (inside shoes and clothing, under bedding, and in cracks and crevices), although they prefer areas with high humidity such as bathrooms, damp closets, and basements. The large centipede is not aggressive toward people and will bite only when disturbed or threatened.


    Outdoor control of centipedes requires the elimination of damp habitats such as those created by rocks, logs, and lumber lying on the ground, leaf litter, compost, stacked hollow tile blocks, ground covers, and abandoned automobile tires. Keep possible habitats and crawl spaces under homes well aerated.

    To prevent centipedes from entering the home, seal all openings (cracks and crevices) such as those under swinging entrance doors and glass sliding doors. Window screens must fit well and the screen mesh must be free of holes.


    A band of residual liquid insecticide may be sprayed on the ground around the perimeter of the home. Suspect areas also may be treated with residual insecticide sprays or granules.*


Trusted perimeter control.

From the number one trusted brand in general pest control comes an advanced granular formulation that’s ideal for long-lasting, broad spectrum perimeter control of centipedes, ants, crane flies, fleas, ticks, chinch bugs, scorpions and even fire ants.

Talstar® PL granular insecticide features a sand core granular structure that penetrates mulch with no odor and no watering needed. This unique granule is heavy and dust-free, so it won’t drift off target or wash away with irrigation and rainfall.

With its impressive residual, Talstar PL provides two to four months of powerful protection against a long list of pests. Low application rates make Talstar PL an excellent, cost-effective choice for building and foundation perimeters.

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Always read and follow label recommendations prior to use.


Dependable insect control.

Talstar Professional achieves long-lasting control of over 75 pests, including centipedes, ants, termites, cockroaches, spiders, bed bugs, fleas and ticks. And with its flexible label, Talstar Professional is approved in multiple use-sites, so you can use it almost anywhere: indoors and out, in industrial, commercial and food-handling areas.

See results. Not residue.

Talstar Professional is water based, so it’s non-irritating and contains no odorous or plant-damaging solvents. Talstar Professional leaves no unsightly residues and causes no phytotoxicity. Once dry, it is virtually impossible to tell where Talstar Professional has been sprayed.

CLICK HERE for the Talstar® Professional Insecticide Label.

CLICK HERE for the Talstar® Professional Insecticide SDS.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Always read and follow label recommendations prior to use.

by David T. Fullaway and Noel L. H. Krauss
Entomologists with the Board of Agriculture & Forestry Territory of Hawaii
Illustrated by Yasutaro Oda
Published by Tongg Publishing Company
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 1945

Centipede discussion paraphrased from: Large Centipede
Author: Julian R. Yates III Extension Urban Entomologist
Extension Entomology & Uh-Ctahr Integrated Pest Management Program
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources University of Hawaii at Manoa

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